I was really looking forward to Fear the Walking Dead. There’s a whole load of drama in the slow discovery of the outbreak and the effect on towns and cities that was lost due to the (clever) opening of TWD. Also, TWD has really sunk into a mediocre soap opera with zombies in the background, which is what eventually happens to all long running series, not always with the zombies, but with whatever that series special thing is. In the end, there is never anywhere to go but versions of the same old plotlines surrounding character interaction. So we get the same old romantic conflicts, parent-child conflicts, crisis of self-belief problems etc that are all a bit samey.
FTWD gave them a legitimate chance to rewind the clock and go back to the fun, exciting starting bit and what did they do? They put the outbreak mostly into the background and focused instead on the family soap opera bit! It’s well made, but ultimately a wasted chance to give us something interesting and different in the world of TWD. I hope it improves, but the breakdown of civilisation is almost complete already, so what else is there left but the plot of TWD (and every other long running series) to be rehashed.
Now they’ll need to go to NY and restart all over again and try to make a sparse, tense and genuinely disturbing series about the outbreak.